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      Nov. 20 • 2022
      Christ the King Sunday

      Passionate worship 


      A celebration of the church year

      — 8 a.m. — 
      Worship service
      inside the chapel

       — 9 a.m. — 
      Sunday school
      ■ “Snacks with Susan and Daryl” in the fellowship hall
      ■ Bill and Catherine’s adult class in the annex, room 2

       — 10 a.m. — 
      Worship service
      inside the chapel

      ■ Live-streaming on Facebook;
      available in the afternoon on YouTube and the church website

      ■ To join “live stream” worship, go to Facebook — Swift Presbyterian Church.

      ■ Worship services will be available for viewing in the afternoon on the church website and YouTube.

      ►Join us for fellowship time 

      We invite everyone to join us for fellowship time, immediately after the 10:00 service, in the fellowship hall.

      A note from Pastor Michael . . .  

      As most of you are aware, the finance committee and session have been working diligently on the 2023 budget. At the session meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, a very difficult decision was made. The position of assistant pastor is being eliminated, effective Feb. 1.

      Pastor Jody Beth Melton has served Swift Church faithfully for over 16 years and has been an invaluable part of the ministry team at the church. Personally, I am so very thankful for her leadership during the four months between Pastor Keith’s retirement and my arrival as your interim pastor and I have continued to value her as a colleague in ministry and friend.

      We will have a lunch immediately after the 10 o’clock service on Jan. 22 to celebrate her ministry here and to wish her God’s blessings as she continues to serve the Lord.

      Grace and Peace,
      Pastor Michael

      ►Sanctuary flowers 

      If you would like to place flowers on the chancel to honor or celebrate a loved one or a special occasion or “just because,” please contact Susie Alexander at 251-943-4145 or 217- 246-4051.

      ►Volunteers for worship 

      Are you willing to serve as an acolyte or as a greeter/usher? Contact Greg McNair, worship elder, at 251-965-1003 or

      God is good all the time.

      ►Dates to remember ... 

      ■ Intercessory prayer group meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the chapel. Everyone is invited.

      ►Advent devotionals 

      Advent devotionals for this year are available on the table in the fellowship hall. They are from Illustrated Ministry. The booklet is the devotional and the stapled sheets also include pictures for coloring which is a contemplative practice.

      ►Christmas banquet 

      Thursday, Dec. 15 • 6 p.m.
      The Gift Horse Restaurant
      209 W. Laurel Ave., Foley

      The cost for the buffet is $22 with tax. Everyone will be paying their bill directly, so will be responsible for adding appropriate gratuity. However, even though folks will pay individually, we are still required to provide a minimum head count no later than Thursday, Dec. 9, so adequate food can be prepared just for us. Therefore, please confirm ASAP with Mary McNair by text (251-295-5267) or email ( if you know you are planning to come so she doesn’t have to spend time calling folks. (This dinner will be in place of Butterfly Girls and Guys Night Out monthly dinner.) (NOTE: If canceling after the count has been provided and not able to find anyone else to take your spot, payment will still be required to the restaurant to cover their costs to guarantee the buffet.)

      It is hoped that having this year’s banquet being so much more affordable than when going to Wolf Bay Lodge will make it possible for a lot more of our congregation to come. However, if you would like to come but cost is still an issue, an anonymous church member has offered to cover it; just make your reservation with Mary then let one of the pastors know so arrangements can be made, as we don’t want anyone missing out on this special time of fellowship.

      ►Poinsettia orders 

      Poinsettia orders are being taken in remembrance of or to honor your loved ones. Poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary and chapel on Sunday, Dec. 11, through Christmas Eve, and may be taken home after the service.

      Please complete the form below and return to the church office by Sunday, Dec. 4.

      ►Advent and Christmas decoration volunteers 

      We are looking for volunteers to help set up the beautiful Advent mural and to decorate the sanctuary on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Don Aspray will be the lead for the Advent mural and Denise Angle is lead for the decorations. Meet them at the church at 9 a.m. if you would like to help.

      ►From the safety team . . . 

      The safety team has asked that anyone who is in the fellowship hall, chapel, sanctuary, or annex to please make sure that the doors are completely closed and locked. In all cases, after locking the door, make sure that the door is fully closed.

      ►Interested in membership? 

      If anyone is interested in joining the church, please let Pastor Michael or Pastor Jody Beth know and we will set a date for a new members class.

      Risk-taking mission and service 
      ►Food pantry 

      The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to serve the community.

      This week, we served 52 families and 127 people.

      Intentional faith development 
      ►‘Snacks with Susan and Daryl’ Sunday school class 

      Susan and Daryl’s class is studying “The Redemption of Scrooge” and meets on Sundays at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

      ►Adult Sunday school class led by Bill and Catherine 

      Bill and Catherine’s class meets at 9 a.m. in room 2 in the annex. The class is studying the book of Genesis. Join us.

      Extravagant generosity 
      ►Tithes and offerings 

      Thank you for your generous pledges and ongoing offerings. Your support and commitment to Swift Church is greatly appreciated.

      Prayers and joys 
      ►Please let us know . . . 

      Please call the church or email to notify us of any joys or concerns; birthdays, anniversaries, health issues or family deaths so that we may put it in the weekly emailed announcements for your church family to pray with you or to praise God for your joy. (We don’t publish personal prayer concerns on the website.)

      Please pray for all who do not know Jesus,
      that they may come to know Him before it is too late.

      — Jennifer Guthrie


           ■ Zoeylynn Barnwell was selected the November Baldwin EMC Shining Star Student at Elberta Middle School.

           ■ Bryant Sims made the 2023 Foley High School baseball team.

           ■ Having a full house at worship service

           ■ Thank you to Mark and Tresa Melton and everyone who helped with the fish fry.

      Dear Swift Church,
      Thank you for the beautiful celebration of life for Robert Scheer and for the comfort that you offered his family and friends.

      Tim and Sandy Russell


      Birthdays and anniversaries will now be listed by month in the church newsletter, rather than weekly in the announcements.

      ►Church staff and contact information 

      Church office hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Pastor Michael: Office and ministry outside of the building: Sunday through Thursday

      Pastor Jody Beth: Office and ministry outside of the building: Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday

      Please contact us any time for urgent needs and emergencies.

      Interim Pastor Michael Moore

      Assistant Pastor Jody Beth Melton
      Sena Cooper, office assistant
      Stephanie Craft, office assistant

      Jessica Hammontree
      , director


      Michael Moore, interim pastor:

      Jody Beth Melton, assistant pastor:
      Lisa Cardwell, music director
      Jessica Hammontree, preschool director
      Church office: 251-943-8367
      Preschool: 251-943-8367
      Preschool website

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      God joy


      23208 Swift Church Road
      Foley, AL 36535
      Phone: (251) 943-8367


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